How good are government statistics? In a recent seminar the Office for Statistics Regulation (OSR) asked members of the Government Statistical Service for three words they would use to describe government statistics. Among the top words we got back were: trustworthy quality informative It was striking how closely these aligned to the three pillars of our Code […]Learn more on How can official statistics better serve the public good?
Edisa Livingstone shares her thoughts on reverse mentoring. What do you hope to gain from reverse mentoring? Lots of things – but one of the main benefits at this stage in my fast stream journey is to get career advice in a relaxed, informal environment outside my immediate management chain. It is a fact that […]Learn more on What I hope to gain from reverse mentoring
There are many misconceptions about what reverse mentoring is or can be. For some, it can be about senior leaders finding out what their staff on the shop floor really think. For others it can be about offering the opportunity to safely challenge how the organisation or department delivers its work. For me, reverse mentoring […]Learn more on Why I chose to be a reverse mentor
In many respects I feel like one of the last people with the right to talk about diversity and inclusion. After all, I’m a white, middle-aged man, who has had the benefit of a state education and the opportunities that have followed. However, there have been many times in my life when I’ve felt unfairly […]Learn more on Why I am championing the Reverse Mentoring Scheme
Last year, the Centre for Crime and Justice (CCJ) started transformation plans to automate the most repetitive, resource intensive elements of the Crime Survey for England and Wales (CSEW) statistical pipeline. Our aim is to transform the way we produce our outputs and tables. In March 2020 we kicked-off a collaborative project with the GSS […]Learn more on The nature of Reproducible Analytical Pipelines (RAP)
In June 2019, the GSS Quality Strategy was published. This was a collaborative project involving the GSS Quality Centre (part of the Best Practice and Impact (BPI) division) and the wider GSS. The central aim of the strategy is to improve statistical quality across the GSS. Goals and deliverables To do this, we set out […]Learn more on Improving statistical quality: a year on from the GSS Quality Strategy
I drink a lot of Pepsi. I really do mean A LOT. As I am writing this it is only 1pm and I am already on my eighth can, but to be honest I don’t think I could have done the work I’ve been doing recently without it. Among other things, I am half of […]Learn more on High tempo harmonisation: How the GSS Harmonisation Team are responding to the pandemic
“Don’t trust the data. If you’ve found something interesting, something has probably gone wrong!” Maybe you’ve been there too? It was a key lesson I learnt as a junior researcher. It partly reflected my skills as an analyst at the time – the mistakes could well have been mine! But, not entirely. You see I […]Learn more on An analyst’s job is never done
It’s been six months since we started work to develop a GSS user engagement strategy. How time flies! As you can imagine things have been a bit up and down since our last blog post at the end of February. However, I’m pleased to say that by the end of March we had: spoken to […]Learn more on The GSS user engagement strategy – let’s talk (new) tactics!
All official statistics need to be produced and published in line with the standards outlined in the Code of Practice for Statistics. A breach occurs when one of these standards is not kept to. If a breach or a suspected breach occurs, the first thing you should do is raise it with your Head of Profession. […]Learn more on Breach all about it!